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Do “Pantone” colours really matter in the floral industry?

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Short answer is YES! Dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Just like every year before it, this colour will be popular for the whole year. Every season usually sparks a particular colour pallet to match the weather but the “colour of the year” usually transcends seasonal changes and is in-style throughout.

Every December, Pantone releases the colour for the following year along with a meaning or explanation. The floral industry along with many other industries look to this colour as an indication as to what will be fashionable the following year.

We are now in June and Ultra Violet flowers are still seen in lots of floral arrangements, bouquets for weddings and in decorations at events. This is expected to continue for the rest of the year. Certain types of flowers might be seasonal but you can always find something flowering in the deep purple tone of Ultra Violet. Mixing Ultra Violet flowers with all the different shades of purple is a dreamy combination.




What’s trending for weddings in 2018?

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Wedding season can be different in other areas of Australia but for Queensland, peak season usually runs from April to October. Of course, that doesn’t stop people from wanting to get married all year round. With the recent passing of the same sex marriage law we will definitely see same sex unions in 2018. As the wedding season approaches and wedding expos are popping up, what will be on trend in 2018? We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 trends.

  • Brides and suppliers in the wedding industry look to Pantone’s Colour of the Year for inspiration. This year the colour is “ultra violet” and you will see a return in popularity of all shades of purple but in particular dark purple. This colour could be used in invitations, bridesmaid dresses, on the cake and the flowers.
  • Wedding florals are not just bouquets carried by the bride and her maids but are being extended to the main man’s buttonhole, worn in the hair, lining the aisle, adorning arbours, in cars, complimenting the cake, at the reception, hung from the ceiling, in centrepieces on the tables, and the list goes on. Flowers express emotions and whether you use them sparingly or go all-out with over-the-top arrangements they play an important role at a wedding.
  • Wild bouquets that look thrown together actually require a lot of technical work which is best done by a qualified florist to achieve this look.
  • Decorating with balloons, especially combining them with flowers and greenery look very effective. The balloon industry have really embraced organic styling and the results are quite amazing.
  • Mobile bars decked out in restored caravans, VW’s and old Bedford trucks are a novel way to keep the guests hydrated.
  • Flower walls provide the perfect backdrop for taking photos.  They can be made from greenery or flowers or a combination of both and the possibilities are endless.  Flower walls that compliment the rest of the wedding styling add another element to weddings in 2018.
  • Cakes are being adorned with flowers and foliage, either fresh or sugar flowers. Metallic and gold detail are taking over from the naked cake or drip cake from last year.


Credit Image: Sample Wild Bouquet www.herworld.com

There is still time to find the perfect Valentine….

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There is still time to find the perfect Valentine and when you do you will be searching for the gift that says exactly how you feel for your partner.  Valentine’s Day came from dark origins however in modern society it is a day to express the love and admiration one has for another. The mystery of a receiving a gift from a secret Valentine is oh so exciting for the giver and the receiver. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but if you are single there is still time to find your perfect match. There are many functions on Valentine’s Day that bring singles together to meet with the hope of creating a spark that carries through to a “forever after” story.

The floral industry plays a big part in the emotions of Valentine’s Day.  Who doesn’t love being showered with flowers! Whether its a single stem rose or a luscious over-sized bouquet your local florist will be able to help you send the message your want to your loved one.  There are many alternatives to a red rose for those that prefer something else.  Beautiful blooms can be arranged  using a wide variety of flowers and can be paired with bears, chocolates and fruit baskets. My big tip this Valentine’s Day is to deal direct with your local florist. This is the only way you can be sure that you will be getting 100% of the dollar value you paid.

Wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day and buy some flowers for your loved-one.

Shop online for Foam Products – Floral Supplies Cairns

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A relatively new product available in the floral industry is the floral foam table deco. It is available in small, medium, large and triple. The floral industry moves with the trends in wedding and events and the table deco is the perfect base for floral garlands and greenery garlands along the centre of tables which are very popular at the moment.  The table deco uses less product as it has a narrower and lower profile than the single brick of floral foam therefore making the garlands more cost effective. Of course, the table deco can be used for other purposes also.  They can also be used on arbours requiring less product and time to create.

If you are looking for a rectangular foam base of varying lengths then the table deco could be your new “go to” floral foam product.

Click on this link to check out our range of floral foam table deco products.


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Shop Online for Designmaster Paint – Floral Supplies Cairns

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This paint is specially formulated to be delicate enough to be used on fresh flowers, silk and real touch latex flowers, Styrofoam but can also be used on many other surfaces.  Most spray paints will make these delicate surfaces disintegrate. It can also be used on fabric, glass, metals, paper, plastic, ceramics, ribbon, leather, wood and so on.  The appeal for Designmaster Paints is wide due to it being a multi-purpose product. The versatility of this product makes it perfect for not only for florists but for artisans, crafters and milliners.

Our range of colours is always expanding and we’ve had to make room time and time again to fit all the colours that are now available. The metallics are very popular this year with a constant effort to keep them in stock. New colours in store – Cranberry, Maroon, Saffron, Champagne Gold, Tangerine, Blue Bright, Super Sealer, Grey Flannel, Wedgewood Blue, Pink Glow, Gloss Red, Holiday Green and Rose Gold.

Click on this link to check out our range of Designmaster Paints.


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What’s Trending? Our front window

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The oooohs and ahhhhs when customers enter the shop has us believe our front window display is “trending”. I am blessed to have creative staff and I think Tess enjoys channeling her creative talents when creating a new window display each month. I set the challenge by giving a theme or colour or product to highlight and walk away.  Tess then weaves her magic to present a fabulous mannequin and window display for all to enjoy.  You can see it from the road and we’ve had people stop and come in just to check it out at closer range.

Tess starts with a nude mannequin and dresses her with chair sashes, flowers and other products only found in store crafting, folding and gathering them into a stylish dress using only pins. A few other products arranged with the mannequin to compliment the story and the display is complete. I return to the store in great anticipation to see the finished design and I am wow’ed every single time by the result.  This month our Christmas angel display is literally stopping traffic!

Drive by or better still call in and take a closer look.


Add a Touch of Christmas Cheer

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Are you the type of person that eagerly embraces the lead up to Christmas or prefer to bury your head in the sand blocking all the hype out till a couple of days before?

Regardless how you feel about it all, the fact is Christmas is fast approaching. I look forward to the catch up with family and friends and taking the time to thank those that are important to my business.

Gift giving is a big part of the festivities and we stock a large range of Christmas products to make your gifts look amazing.

Check out or Christmas category in our online shop for specific Xmas stock. There is more arriving every week. We have loads of products in store that can be themed for Christmas without actually screaming Christmas!



How to Thank Your VIP Customers

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Want to thank your loyal customers, important suppliers and trusted staff this Christmas but not crafty or creative or know where to start?  You probably have a big list of things to do before Christmas.  I know I do! We have the solution…..

We offer a prestige gift wrapping service so you can thank your very important customers without worry or hassle. Our service ranges from gift wrapped bottles of wine to large hamper baskets.  You select the gift and we’ll make it look amazing.

Alternatively, gourmet gift hampers are also available where we supply everything. Direct delivery can be arranged.

Contact us today for more information.




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The nation will pause for a minute at the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month and remember those that gave their life for our freedom.  Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day are two important days in Australia to stop and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many.  We live in a wonderful country free to live our lives and I for one will be eternally grateful.

People attending ceremonies around the country typically use wreaths, often adorned with poppies, to show respect. All the supplies to make your wreath are available from us.

To all men and women in the Armed Forces – Thank you for your service to our country.



Turn Heads at the Races

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On the eve of the race that stops a nation our display at our local bank has been stopping customers in their tracks! The bank might be one of the BIG banks but the local branch supports local business and invites their business customers to showcase their business in the branch. Never one to pass up an opportunity our display has literally turned heads! Tess is the creative master highlighting numerous possible uses for our products. It has been so popular, we have been requested to leave the display in branch longer than the usual term so more customers can enjoy. Tess has selected only products from our store and created a “story” of earthy floral headwear – four different designs to suit different styles. You often see fashion and fascinators at racing events that stand out from the crowd. You can source your supplies from us to make a show stopper!

Turn Heads this Spring Racing Season